Fraudulent Lockdown-Era Unemployment Payments May Amount To $60 Billion, Government Watchdog Says

  • “Current measures and estimates do not reflect the full extent of fraud, but they do provide important insights on fraud risks,” according to a post from the Government Accountability Office.
  • “And while fraud risks increased as a result of the pandemic, some will remain long after if not addressed.”
  • Some $878 billion was paid across all unemployment insurance programs between April 2020 and September 2022.
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